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Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the frequently asked questions below for quick answers to common questions. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to an admission advisor at 877.820.0581 for additional help.

When can I start the program I have selected?
How long is each term?
Is the GMAT required for admission to graduate programs?
Do the online programs require a campus residency?
If I choose to take an online program, will my diploma be different from the one campus students receive?
Do you provide technical support for online students?
What computer software will I need to access the online courses?
Is financial aid available?
Is Regis University accredited?
How many credits can I transfer in from another program?
Does Regis accept industry certifications for credit?
What if I don’t have any IT experience?
What are the options for adopting a Specialization? How are the specializations different?
What is the difference between general electives and MSIA electives?
What is the minimum GPA I need to maintain throughout the program?
What are the options for getting a Certificate throughout the program?
Can I get a Certificate that is different than my Specialization?
How would I get a second masters’ degree in CC&IS?
How does TurnitIn work?
How do the Regis Bachelors students continue their study in the MSIA program?

When can I start the program I have selected?

We have several admissions periods throughout the year. To find out the most convenient start date for your needs, call us at 877-820-0581 to speak to an admissions counselor.

How long is each term?

Each course is 8-weeks.

Is the GMAT required for admission to graduate programs?

No, you do not need to take the GMAT for our graduate Information Assurance programs.

Do the online programs require a campus residency?

No, these programs are fully online.

If I choose to take an online program, will my diploma be different from the one campus students receive?

No, your diploma will be no different than our campus students. You will study with the same faculty and complete the same amount of coursework as you would in a traditional classroom.

Do you provide technical support for online students?

Yes, our technical support professionals are available to answer questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What computer software will I need to access the online courses?

See the Online Learning Details page for details on technical requirements.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid page for details.

Is Regis University accredited?

Yes, we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

How many credits can I transfer in from another program?

Students can transfer in up to six hours of credit from other universities or programs. Any graduate student with the certain certificate from the National Defense University can transfer up to fifteen credit hours.

If transferring between CC&IS graduate programs, we typically accept MSCC 610 IT Concepts and MSCC 697 IT Research Methods. MSCC 630 Enterprise Architecture will be replaced with an elective course.

Does Regis accept industry certifications for credit?

Regis does not give credit for industry certifications; they demonstrate professional skills and abilities, but cannot be used to replace any of our credits. The MSIA degree plan, however, is mapped based on industry standards, making it a great program to serve as a compliment or foundation for Industry Certifications.

What if I don’t have any IT experience?

The current best courses for inexperienced applicants are CIS 325 Systems Analysis and Design and CN 311 Systems Architecture. These pre-requisites are required for the Cybersecurity specialization; Policy Management students are encouraged to take them.

CIS 325 provides students with IT foundational material and processes, while CN 311 is a networking architecture overview.

Experienced applicants may not need to take the pre-requisites. Make sure to talk with your admissions counselor if you have questions regarding pre-requisites.

What are the options for adopting a Specialization? How are they different?

There are two IA degree specializations: Cybersecurity and Policy Management.  As part of your degree the student can only pick one specialization.  Applicants should specify their specialization in their application, or students need to contact Prof. Likarish or Dr. Jiang to add or change a specialization. 

  • Cybersecurity: Also known as computer security or IT security, cybersecurity is the protection of information belonging to and transferred between computing devices, like computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as entire computer networks.  Typically our graduates obtain jobs as security engineer, security analysis and security architect.
  • Policy Management: By focusing your degree with the Policy Management Specialization, you will learn high-level threat control and data privacy. Our techniques help tomorrow’s data protectors plan for physical security breaches, disaster recovery, implementation of enterprise and architecture security systems, risk management, and auditing best practices.  Our graduates obtain jobs as IT auditors, risk managers, CISO or CIO.

What is the difference between general electives and MSIA electives?

General Electives can consist of any CC&IS graduate course.

MSIA electives are any course beginning with MSIA.

What is the minimum GPA I need to maintain throughout the program?

The minimum GPA is 3.0. You can get up to two “C” grades as long as you stay above a 3.0, but a “C-“ or below does not count for the degree program but contributes to the student’s GPA.

If you retake a course, the new grade is reflected on the transcript but the previous grade is still calculated into the GPA. An “Incomplete” may be given at the sole discretion of the facilitator if the student has completed greater than 75% of coursework.

What are the options for getting a Certificate throughout the program?

You should specify the certificate in your admission application or you contact your advisor to add the certificate.  There are four required courses for each certificate. Once you have completed the required courses, you can apply online for the certificate. Fill out the Graduation Application and make sure to select “Certificate.”

Can I get a Certificate that is different than my Specialization?

Yes, we encourage students to work on certificates in different areas than their degree specialization to diversify their portfolio and take full advantage of all their options at Regis.

Student can take MSIA 672 Managing a Secure Enterprise and/or MSIA 678 Risk Management for both the certificate and the degree specialization. The additional certificate classes can be applied toward the three general electives of the specialization.

How would I get a second masters’ degree in CC&IS?

In seeking another Masters’ Degree in addition to an MSIA degree, students can transfer six credit hours within CC&IS upon acceptance to the new degree. Students should complete the mini application process for the program of their choice.

How does TurnitIn work?

TurnItIn is an anti-plagiarizing system used to ensure students are submitting original work. Students should be prepared to become familiar with this program in their courses, and are advised to submit their papers through the website before submitting to the course portal.

Academic integrity is taken serious by CC&IS. Make certain that your matching rate is lower than the instructor’s acceptable level.

How do the Regis Bachelors students continue their study in the MSIA program?

The Regis BS graduate can begin their Master program while completing their BS degree.  Student can take up to twelve credit hours from the MSIA graduate program. The graduate courses count for both undergraduate and MSIA degrees.  For the transfer details consult with your undergraduate advisor.

Have a question you don’t see listed here? Call us at 877-820-0581 to speak to an admissions counselor or request more information today and we will get in touch with you.